Christopher Ryan

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Reg. BACP | Dip. Couns
Available for new clients
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Folkestone, Kent, CT18
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Let’s be honest, it’s all a bit bloody daunting really.

When you decided you might need to talk to someone, you probably didn’t know where to begin. After a Google search, the algorithm gods have led you here. There’s all these smiling people telling you why you should come to them with your problems. The titles and initials next to our names likely don’t mean a great deal to you, and you’ll notice, nearly everyone here says a variation of the same thing about themselves anyway.

So how can you tell us apart really?

I won’t give you much patter. This specialism, that theory, this many years, that many qualifications… The bottom line as to whether I will be of help to you or not— and the research backs this up— is whether we can relate to one another well. You’ll get a small sense of me from what I’ve said here, but ultimately, you won’t know whether I am someone you think you could get along with, trust and share your life with until we’ve met.

This is why I offer a free initial chat. No charge, no commitment.

You’ll quickly get a feel for how I work. I’m friendly, I’m curious to know you, I’m involved with you, and I ask a lot of questions about you. I believe my role is to facilitate a deeper understanding of self for you, and frankly, I’m good at it. Changes in life may come out of that— they usually do— but that will be up to you in the end.

If we want to continue after this first exchange, we’ll discuss a day/time and fee that suits then. If we don’t, you’ll at least know a lot more about what you’re not looking for in a therapist.

Training, qualifications & experience

CPCAB Level 4 in Therapeutic Counselling

My training was centred around an integrative approach to therapy which draws on a number of theories and techniques.

The key focus of the integrative approach to therapy is to be sensitive and responsive to people’s needs as they are during the sessions. This has the advantage of creating a flexible process that is not rigid in ideas and application and allows people to freely explore their experiences.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

Fees are negotiable.

Folkestone, Kent, CT18

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)

Key details

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Christopher Ryan
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